Arsenal are set to visit Watford on Monday evening, looking to return to fourth place by beating the Hornets and leapfrogging Manchester United and Chelsea.
But in order to do that little thing, the Gunners will have to not be themselves in terms of their away performances this season. Only Huddersfield Town and Bournemouth have failed to get anything against Unai Emery’s men in their own stadiums, and that has been the biggest downside to the manager’s first season in charge.
As for the team that’s set to travel to the Vicarage Road, it has been known for a while that defenders Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding and forward Danny Welbeck won’t be playing again this season due to serious knee and ankle issues, respectively. Midfielder Granit Xhaka may join them on the sidelines again, but he hasn’t been definitely ruled out just yet.
Watford have had an excellent season (comparatively), and they will have their reasons to fight hard for every point available for the rest of the campaign. They currently sit 10th, but between them and Leicester City in seventh place there is a gap of a single point. Those two teams, along with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton who sit between them on goal-difference, will be battling it out for the spot directly below the top six which will lead it’s end of season occupant to the Europa League qualifications.
Manager Javi Gracia hasn’t confirmed any absentees for Monday evening, but there are several question marks to be studied ahead of the game. Midfielder Tom Cleverley has a calf problem, forward Gerard Deulofeu and defender Jose Holebas have suffered ankle issues, defender Kiko Femenia has picked up a knock, while forward Adalberto Penaranda might miss out due to a hamstring injury.
The Gunners can be backed at 5/4 to return home victorious.